On Friday, March 15, the Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Relations Program hosted an off-the-record roundtable discussion with Buenos Aires Cabinet Chief Horacio Rodriguez Larreta. The event was part of the Atlantic Council’s new initiative to explore Latin America’s role in the transatlantic relationship alongside Europe and the United States.
A number of ambassadors, business executives, and thought leaders from all three regions came together to discuss the political environment in Argentina, addressing diverse topics ranging from domestic and foreign policy challenges to the implications of the newly elected Pope Francis for Argentina’s role on the global stage.
Mr. Rodriguez Larreta represents a new generation of politicians in Argentina. Prior to his current position with the city of Buenos Aires, he served as undersecretary of investment in the Ministry of Economy, secretary at the Ministry of Social Development, general manager at the Social Security Administration, and general manager at the AFIP (the Argentinean Internal Revenue Service). In 2002, in response to Argentina’s economic and political challenges, he founded PRO with Mauricio Macri, the current Mayor of Buenos Aires.